Why Humiliation Is the Most Intense Human Emotion

Like anyone, I suppose, I take great pains to avoid humiliation. But as a fat person, humiliation is built into my everyday existence—just living in my body is coded as humiliating by the culture at large—so when I was younger, I always went out of my way to be more in control of my image than I needed to be. More… » 5/07/14 5:00pm 5/07/14 5:00pm

Poll Finds that Women Are Happiest at Size 12 (Because Cheese Probably)

Conventional wisdom suggests that, when it comes to female happiness, thinner is always, always, always better—that once you whittle yourself down to a perf size 2, all of your problems will disappear, celery will begin to taste like donuts, and Twiggy circa 1967 (the happiest woman e'er to stride the earth!) will… » 10/24/13 8:15pm 10/24/13 8:15pm

Asshole Cats Acknowledge Your Existence in Imperceptible Ways

Everyone knows that cats are fickle beasts. They love whoever feeds them, but even if you shower them with love and affection, they'll eat you when you die. As a certified member of Team Cat, one of the biggest reasons I love cats is because they don't give a shit. You can train a dog to do all sorts of humiliating… » 6/27/13 12:25pm 6/27/13 12:25pm

How to Manage Your Existential Dread in Light of, Oh, Everything

The world probably doesn't categorically suck any more right now than it did in medieval times when you only lived for three decades and were more likely to die by dysentery (if you were lucky). But lately it's sure as hell seemed like we've been dealt existential angst in spades. Not that it matters either way,… » 4/22/13 6:00pm 4/22/13 6:00pm

Maybe No One Talks About Postpartum Depression Enough Because No One Is…

If you have had yourself a baby, then you've likely experienced the infamous "hormone crash" that comes with it — the out-of-this-world soar of humanity-affirming juice that makes you feel pain-free, lightweight and crazy in love with your offspring, followed by the swift, unceremonious thud of reality that hits a few… » 3/20/13 12:20pm 3/20/13 12:20pm

Unmarried Fathers Abandon Families to Spare Their Own Delicate Feelings

Tale as old as time: boy meets girl, girl likes boy, boy and girl fall in love (or like). And then some less-wedding toast worthy stuff happens — midnight sexting that possibly culminates in digital dick pics, some frottage, and sex having. For more highly educated, economically advantaged couples, this dick… » 7/23/12 11:50am 7/23/12 11:50am

For Lasting Romance, Find Out Why She's Sad

It's no shock that showing empathy for your partner leads to a better relationship. What's a little more interesting, though, is that men and women seem to value different kinds of empathy: in a new study, women cared more about their partner understanding their negative emotions, whereas guys were more concerned with… » 3/06/12 10:20am 3/06/12 10:20am